The Do’s and Don’ts of Laundry

Doing your laundry might seem like a relatively straightforward and simple task. While you may know the basics of doing laundry, it is not as effortless as you might think. There are plenty of little tricks and tips for washing and drying your clothes that will result in better care and a more effective wash. To ensure your clothes finish clean and fresh, you must understand how to properly treat and wash your clothes and how each washing machine works. Our team of experts at Bakers Centre Laundry has compiled a list of helpful laundry tips to help you understand the proper Do’s and Don’ts for the most effective ways to do your laundry.

Do – For Best Results

Understand How to Separate Laundry

Your clothes should be divided into four categories: whites, lights, darks, and delicates. Learning how to separate laundry will prevent any color bleeding. Clothes should be sorted by both fabric and color so that heavier items are not washed with delicate ones. Heavily soiled items should be washed separately to keep dirt from spreading to more clothes.

Check Care Labels

Before you wash your clothes you should always check the care labels for proper washing instructions and guidelines. This will help you with separating the items, and outline the best wash cycle and temperature to set your machine.

Use the Correct Amount of Detergent

Not only do you need to properly read the labels on your clothing items, but on the packaging of your detergent as well. Always use the measuring cap to ensure the proper amount of liquid detergent. If you are washing whites, be sure to understand how to use bleach in the laundry so you do not ruin your clothes.

Use Accurate Water Temperature

Cotton, denim, and other heavy fabrics can shrink in warm water so should always be washed in cold water.

Leave Your Door Open After Use

When you finish washing a load of laundry, leave your washing machine door open a. This will allow it to air out, helping to prevent any growth of mold or mildew.

Clean Your Washing Machine

You probably overlook washing an appliance that is constantly using soap and water, but it is important to regularly clean your washing machine. Run your machine on a hot cycle with a cup of white vinegar to help sanitize the machine and remove any lingering odors.

Don’t – Avoid These Mistakes

Overload Your Machine

When clothes are stuffed into the machine they cannot move around enough to get a proper clean and can remain dirty.

Leave Things In Pockets

Be sure to check all of your pockets for things like tissues, pens, or money before putting clothes in the washing machine.

Pour Fabric Softener Directly On Clothes

Fabric softeners should never be poured directly onto your clothing. Direct contact with clothes could stain them.

Use Too Much Detergent or Bleach

Adding an excessive amount of laundry detergent or bleach could result in residue remaining on your clothing. Adding more detergent will not result in cleaner clothes. If you are unsure how to use bleach in the laundry, be sure to carefully read the label for proper measurements.

Leave Wet Clothes In the Washing Machine

We have all forgotten our clothes in the washing machine. Moisture from wet clothes can result in the growth of mold in your washing machine, or on your clothes. When wet clothes sit in the washing machine too long, they can develop a mildew smell and need to be washed again.

DO – Visit Bakers Centre Laundry 

The best way to ensure your wash is done properly and efficiently is to visit Bakers Centre Laundry. Our 24-hour self-serve laundromat is staffed around the clock for assistance from an experienced staff member. In addition, our drop-off laundry service allows you to fully trust your laundry in the hands of experts, with easy and affordable drop-off services with your clothes returned to you cleaned, dried, and folded. Visit Bakers Centre Laundry today and see why we are Philadelphia’s favorite laundromat.